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(CNN)   For much of the country's history, the Secret Service didn't even drive the president, evidently oblivious to the dangers of asteroids   (cnn.com) divider line 94
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2009-01-06 04:56:14 PM
What about the eternally-present threat of kidnapping by ninjas?
 
2009-01-06 04:59:42 PM
For a good chunk of its existence, the Secret Service wasn't charged with the protection of the president at all.
 
2009-01-06 05:08:50 PM
I think that was a bit of a hyperbole, there, subby
 
2009-01-06 05:10:11 PM
BKITU: What about the eternally-present threat of kidnapping by ninjas?

For that, they call on Bad Dudes. Ninjas are out of the Secret Service's league.
 
2009-01-06 05:10:33 PM
Diogenes: For a good chunk of its existence, the Secret Service wasn't charged with the protection of the president at all.

From Wikipedia:
The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction over the prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury bonds notes. However, this agency is best known for their work protecting the President, which they've been doing since 1793.



/history is written by those with Wikipedia accounts
 
2009-01-06 05:14:42 PM
steveo: 1793

I have been sadly misinformed. But I'll bet you not many people knew about the money stuff.
 
2009-01-06 05:19:16 PM
Diogenes: But I'll bet you not many people knew about the money stuff.

Well those who didn't pay attention in history class when the teacher would throw that tidbit out to see who was listening (and yes, that was on the file -- some of my teachers had a strange sense of humor back in the day).

/isn't the SS under Homeland Security now?
 
2009-01-06 05:19:51 PM
file = final

/long day, time to log off
 
2009-01-06 05:28:47 PM
BKITU: What about the eternally-present threat of kidnapping by ninjas?

What do you think they keep the pirates around for?
 
2009-01-06 05:32:06 PM
However, the Secret Service has *always* been responsible for determining the price of a can of Lesieur baby peas at the grocery store.
 
2009-01-06 05:52:24 PM
steveo: Diogenes: For a good chunk of its existence, the Secret Service wasn't charged with the protection of the president at all.

From Wikipedia:
The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction over the prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury bonds notes. However, this agency is best known for their work protecting the President, which they've been doing since 1793.


/history is written by those with Wikipedia accounts


Oh. Snap.
 
2009-01-06 06:13:12 PM
"The presidential vehicle is built to precise and special specifications, undergoes extreme testing and development, and also incorporates many of the top aspects of Cadillac's 'regular' cars -- such as signature design, hand-cut-and-sewn interiors, etc.,"

www.axzq41.dsl.pipex.com
 
2009-01-06 06:26:12 PM
damageddude: Diogenes: But I'll bet you not many people knew about the money stuff.

Well those who didn't pay attention in history class when the teacher would throw that tidbit out to see who was listening (and yes, that was on the file -- some of my teachers had a strange sense of humor back in the day).

/isn't the SS under Homeland Security now?


Or those who never saw Rush Hour 2
 
2009-01-06 06:33:11 PM
It's got a cop motor, a four hundred and forty cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks.....
 
2009-01-06 06:34:31 PM
damageddude: Diogenes: But I'll bet you not many people knew about the money stuff.

Well those who didn't pay attention in history class when the teacher would throw that tidbit out to see who was listening (and yes, that was on the file -- some of my teachers had a strange sense of humor back in the day).

/isn't the SS under Homeland Security now?


You know who else had a protection force called the SS?

Too easy.
 
2009-01-06 06:34:57 PM
Probably goes thru its weight in bearings and water pumps every year.
 
2009-01-06 06:35:09 PM
The Popemobile has kept the Pope safe for all these years. If it's good enough for the Pope, it's good enough for his Savior, Obama.
 
2009-01-06 06:36:35 PM
images.tvrage.net

They were too busy saving the world from dwarf mad scientists.
 
2009-01-06 06:37:41 PM
Presidential Limos always impress me, I'd love to pick the brain of the Secret Service liasons who worked on the required specifications, after it's retired of course. No need for any party wagon to appear outside my place.

Honestly.

Really guys, you just bought a new car, it's interesting, I'm interested in learning about it after it serves no purpose.
 
2009-01-06 06:37:43 PM
skinink:

But, Reagan...
 
2009-01-06 06:38:39 PM
oh, and Cadillacs are farking ugly. All of them.
 
2009-01-06 06:38:59 PM
secretservicebandphotos.homestead.com

Approves (pops)

/Jersey shore FTW!
 
2009-01-06 06:40:12 PM
Diogenes: steveo: 1793

I have been sadly misinformed. But I'll bet you not many people knew about the money stuff.


The USSS was formed in 1865 (new window). steveo was playing a joke on you, or Wikipedia played a joke on him.
 
2009-01-06 06:41:15 PM
steveo From Wikipedia:

The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction over the prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury bonds notes. However, this agency is best known for their work protecting the President, which they've been doing since 1793.


Funny, the wkipedia article I read is more in line with what I had read before, that he secret service wasn't even formed until 1865 (to deal with counterfeiting) and was not involved with presdential protection until after the 1901 McKinley assassination.
 
2009-01-06 06:41:22 PM
What? No stretched Escalade on 22s?
 
2009-01-06 06:41:27 PM
You mean the President WASN'T kept away from his subjects?! Man oh man, what a travesty. What if one of them accidentally -- ugh -- touched him with their poor, dirty person hands?! Thank god Obama doesn't have to worry about that.
 
2009-01-06 06:41:51 PM
The first thing I thought of... sadly.

img2.timeinc.net
 
2009-01-06 06:42:20 PM
Auto enthusiasts have panned the design of the new presidential limo, which will be painted all black.

That's racist
 
2009-01-06 06:42:28 PM
DeathByGeekSquad: Presidential Limos always impress me, I'd love to pick the brain of the Secret Service liasons who worked on the required specifications, after it's retired of course. No need for any party wagon to appear outside my place.

Honestly.

Really guys, you just bought a new car, it's interesting, I'm interested in learning about it after it serves no purpose.


Just wait until the Secret Service hear about this...
 
2009-01-06 06:43:29 PM
So, what does the SS do if somebody gives the President a counterfeit $100 bill? Is that like promotion material for the officer?
 
2009-01-06 06:44:18 PM
tedbundee: What? No stretched Escalade on 22s?

I was hoping for spinners and hydraulics to bounce and some purple glow lights underneath.
 
2009-01-06 06:44:28 PM
bishopthomIt's got a cop motor, a four hundred and forty cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks.....


Fix the cigarette lighter.
 
2009-01-06 06:44:37 PM
How did Lincoln authorize the Secret Service in 1793?
 
2009-01-06 06:44:52 PM
"Morty, Baby!--It's me, B-man!

Whaddaya got cooking for me, man? It's been like, ages, since we last talked."


"Seriously? A goddamn PRESS conference and a Meet-and-Greet with the President of Albania? AREYOUFREEKINKIDDINGME?? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? DO YOU?!?!"


"Sorry, man. Sorry. I don't know what got into me. I don't know...I've been under a lot of stress recently, you know. Michelle is kinda, well, distant lately, and the new gig is a hassle."

"No. Seriously, this is great. Give me a call next week. Love you man. Kiss kiss. Give Rachel my love."




-Obama talking to his Agent.
 
2009-01-06 06:45:27 PM
If they're so secret, how come I've heard of them?
 
2009-01-06 06:45:53 PM
steveo: /history is written by those with Wikipedia accounts

I thought the Secret Service started during the Civil war (1860-1864) but I went to catholic school so I don't know. I could be wrong...
 
2009-01-06 06:46:26 PM
WhoIsWillo: I think that was a bit of a hyperbole, there, subby

I think that was a bit of plagiarism off the link, there, buddy
 
2009-01-06 06:46:39 PM
Podmore: Auto enthusiasts have panned the design of the new presidential limo, which will be painted all black.

That's racist


Actually no. If the color was called flesh, and it was painted a light peach color. . .well, that would look really awful on a limo anyway.

Now if it was decked out in gold trim. . .well. . .

I hope the key chain to the thing says "break yourself"
 
2009-01-06 06:46:41 PM
DarnoKonrad: oh, and Cadillacs are farking ugly. All of them.
So's Indiana. ALL of it.
 
2009-01-06 06:47:07 PM
deltabourne: You mean the President WASN'T kept away from his subjects?! Man oh man, what a travesty. What if one of them accidentally -- ugh -- touched him with their poor, dirty person hands?! Thank god Obama doesn't have to worry about that.

Neither trolls nor neocons ever worry about being mistaken for the other.
 
2009-01-06 06:50:08 PM
An asteroid would be at least twice the size of the car. That's some armor they've got there.
 
2009-01-06 06:53:47 PM
deltabourne: You mean the President WASN'T kept away from his subjects?! Man oh man, what a travesty. What if one of them accidentally -- ugh -- touched him with their poor, dirty person hands?! Thank god Obama doesn't have to worry about that.

lifetussle.files.wordpress.com

/disagrees
 
2009-01-06 06:54:20 PM
asteroids should not be the primary worry, but the pres getting ashes on the hand sewn interior. As far as protection goes, could they have got the RV from Stripes?
 
2009-01-06 06:54:55 PM
Made by Caddy, but why was it designed by the Bulgarians?

/rolls out on dubs
 
2009-01-06 06:57:41 PM
"Sheesh," says another, "why don't they just transport the president around in an Abrams tank."

Abrams Tank... Sweet. Too bad I won't ever be a president.
 
2009-01-06 06:59:05 PM
FTFA "Sheesh," says another, "why don't they just transport the president around in an Abrams tank."

cymbalus.files.wordpress.com

/prototype.
//never went into production.
 
2009-01-06 06:59:22 PM
My question is... what kind of "secret" service do they provide to the president?
 
2009-01-06 07:00:37 PM
moondo: My question is... what kind of "secret" service do they provide to the president?

unlike the intern fatty, the Secret Service knows how to keep it's mouth shut...

or...

well, mostly shut.
 
2009-01-06 07:07:28 PM
Podmore: Auto enthusiasts have panned the design of the new presidential limo, which will be painted all black.

That's racist


Beat me to it.
 
2009-01-06 07:08:13 PM
When Harry Truman left office, he drove his own car back to Missouri, with no help from anyone and no bodyguards.

He also paid all his own expenses.

\\\ definitely worth the HERO tag.
 
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